Phnom Penh (FN), June 9 - Kem Som was tried in Supreme Court Friday morning.

He was arrested on February under allegations of incitement and public defamation, which are punishable under Articles 305, 494, and 495 of the Criminal Code.

The premier is demanding $500,000 from Kem Sok for accusing the Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) of murdering Kem Ley, according to the premier’s lawyer Ky Tech.

Kem Sok is also facing an additional suit for defamation. That lawsuit is seeking an additional $2,500, according to Ky Tech.

The second lawsuit was filed after a statement Kem Sok made during a live radio station on Feb. 13 in which he said, "This refers to the system … a system under this government to murder people in which the murderer is never to be found including Kem Ley and other activists ….”